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Science to support Coastal resilience

Hurricane Sandy made a variety of impacts along the highly populated northeastern Atlantic seaboard in October 2012. Improved understanding of these impacts will better prepare us for the next one. As a result of supplemental funding provided by Congress, more than 25 projects are advancing our ability to provide near real-time forecasts of impacts and ecological consequences. USGS science provides a strong foundation for decision makers, planners and resource managers.

Stay up-to-date with our data and tools, news, reports, and updates about the ongoing work.

Research Themes Overview

USGS uses a unique geospatial approach to help identify vulnerable coastal areas, track coastal ecosystem-scale responses, and forecast potential impacts to future changes. Across five major themes, we have improved monitoring networks, generated maps, data and models needed to integrate our information and put extreme storms into the greater context of climate change, sea-level rise and coastal vulnerability. USGS scientists are working to assess forecast effectiveness, improve how we share information, and identify gaps to improve the information and tools we provide. The research themes include:

The Science Plan

The Science Plan

The USGS Science Plan was developed immediately following Hurricane Sandy to coordinate continuing USGS activities with other agencies. In October 2013, the USGS received supplemental funding for specific projects that support continued recovery and restoration efforts for Hurricane Sandy. These projects are part of the science plan, "Meeting the Science Needs of the Nation in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy—A U.S. Geological Survey Science Plan for Support of Restoration and Recovery," that also identifies data and information needs to prepare us for the next storm. Much of the work in the northeastern U.S. contributes to improved capabilities for future events across the nation.  See how USGS science supports the Department of the Interior's Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.


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Analysis of storm-tide impacts from Hurricane Sandy in New York

7/21/2015 A new study done in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, looks at how damage estimates evolve following Hurricane Sandy for all evaluated counties in New York. http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=4272#.VbfO3_lVhBc

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2015 Hurricane Season is Upon Us

6/1/2015 Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are prepared, with improved tactics, continued research and new technology to face a hurricane head on http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/hurricane-season-is-upon-us/?from=title 

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Shorebird Science? iPlover is the App for That

5/4/2015 The latest tool designed to help manage the threatened piping plover is only a download away. http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=4208#.VbfOm_lVhBc 

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Radar and optical mapping of surge persistence and marsh dieback along the New Jersey Mid-Atlantic coast after Hurricane Sandy

Data Release: High-resolution geophysical data collected along the Delmarva Peninsula in 2015, U.S. Geological Survey Field Activity 2015-001-FA

Data Series: Terrestrial-Based Lidar Beach Topography of Fire Island, New York, June 2014

Open-File Report: Assessing the impact of Hurricanes Irene and Sandy on the morphology and modern sediment thickness on the inner continental shelf offshore of Fire Island, New York

Data Release: Continuous terrain model for water circulation studies, Barnegat Bay, New Jersey

Data Release: Swath bathymetry collected offshore of Fire Island and western Long Island, New York in 2014, U.S. Geological Survey Field Activity 2014-072-FA

Data Release: Baseline Coastal Oblique Aerial Photographs collected from the Virginia/North Carolina Border to Montauk Point, New York, October 5-6, 2014

Open-File Report: Hurricane-Induced Coastal Erosion Hazards: NE Atlantic Coast

Fact Sheet: Using Science to Strengthen our Nation’s Resilience to Tomorrow’s Challenges—Understanding and Preparing for Coastal Impacts

Water-level response in back-barrier bays unchanged following Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy: Observations and Analysis of Coastal Change

Fact Sheet: Interior's Strategic Sciences Group Report on Scenarios of Hurricane Sandy's impacts

Fact Sheet: Hurricane Sandy Science Plan - New York

Fact Sheet: Hurricane Sandy Science Plan - Coastal Impact Assessments

Fact Sheet: Hurricane Sandy Science Plan - Impacts of Environmental Quality and Persisting Contaminant Exposures

Fact Sheet: Hurricane Sandy Science Plan - Impacts of Storm Surge, Including Disturbed Estuarine and Bay Hydrology

Fact Sheet: Hurricane Sandy Science Plan - Impacts to Coastal Ecosystems, Habitats, and Fish and Wildlife

Fact Sheet: Hurricane Sandy Science Plan - Coastal Topographic and Bathymetric Data to Support Hurricane Impact Assessment and Response

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